"God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth." Matthew 5:5
Today’s thought portion is from Mark Martin, Pastor of Calvary Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
"The King James Version says, "Blessed are the meek." For most people meekness is equated with weakness. Imagine someone introducing you to a group of people as a meek person. Most men I know would cringe at that kind of an introduction.
In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus says: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (KJV)
This is the only time Jesus describes Himself and He uses the term "meek" (or "gentle" or "humble") and lowly of heart. The only term Jesus ever used to describe Himself is "meek."
The concept of gentleness or meekness is all about tremendous strength and power. In Greek literature, the word "meek" was used to speak of the breaking of a horse. Its strength must be harnessed and it must be trained to be used properly. An unbroken animal was useless, in fact, it can be a detriment and a real danger.
In a similar way, an unbroken Christian can be the same to the cause of Christ. Unbroken, you cannot be used by the Lord; but broken and harnessed—your strength and your power under the control of Jesus Christ—are of tremendous value to the work of God.
A.W. Tozer describes a meek person this way; "He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. IN HIMSELF, NOTHING; IN GOD, EVERYTHING. THAT IS HIS MOTTO."
Think about situations you need for God to take hold of and harness. Do you have some areas you feel are “hidden” from the Lord, things you just can’t give up? Give them over to Him. He will help you!
God we love that you call us to be broken for You. Show us the areas You want to change us, to harness us for Your glory!
Trusting the Lord,